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What’s next for the wireless Industry? Top wi-fi trends in 2016

Michael Lok, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Ruckus Wireless | Jan. 14, 2016
Michael Lok, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Ruckus Wireless, outlines the wireless trends that are set to enhance user experience in the year ahead.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

Wi-Fi technology has become such a pervasive force that it has become hard to imagine what life will be like without wireless Internet access. The growth of smart mobile devices that feature new, data-hungry applications has undoubtedly shaped the wireless landscape as more users rely on these devices to perform more than just phone calls. On the enterprise front, the concept of the traditional office and work day has also evolved as more organizations adopt Wi-Fi to boost operational efficiency and productivity, allowing employees to accomplish tasks and collaborate with one another regardless of their location in the workplace.

Given the changes in the way we live and work, no technology is better suited to address the ever-increasing demand for data than Wi-Fi technology. In 2015, we saw 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points (APs) improve the overall Wi-Fi experience for users. These APs support a new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO), which allows the simultaneous transmission of multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, enabling high performance Wi-Fi connectivity even in congested environments. However, in an industry that continuously changes, we can certainly expect further improvements in the coming months as organizations look for continued ways to take Wi-Fi connectivity to the next level.

As we fetch our crystal ball to gaze into the year ahead, here is a look at how the wireless experience will change as we enter 2016 and beyond:

Better end-user experience

Firstly, in the enterprise space, we predict that the end-user experience related to accessing BYOD-enabled enterprise networks will be easier and more secure through certificate-based device onboarding solutions.

According to a MicroMarket Monitor report, the Asia Pacific BYOD market is projected to grow from $13.54 billion in 2013 to $66.84 billion by 2019, driven by increasing consumption of mobile devices. Certificate-based device onboarding solutions will allow IT managers to deploy BYOD policies in a scalable and user-friendly manner while eliminating IT support costs and user frustration associated with passwords.

On the home front, whole home coverage will become a reality, and we expect people will be "showing off" their home network capabilities at dinner parties using a smartphone app. Given that the smart homes market in Asia Pacific is projected to reach US$9.23 billion by 2020, one can expect to see more and more interconnected devices making their mark in the home.


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